The Rich Get Richer, But Are The Users Poor?

April 2009
Information Management (1521-2912);Apr2009, Vol. 19 Issue 3, p40
The article discusses the advantages and issues of using Rich Internet Applications (RIA). The entry relates the history of RIA from its development in the late 1990s by Web design company FutureSplash to its current evolution as Flash and Shockwave. The section cites that FutureSplash revolutionized Web design by using vector technology instead of pixels for rendering graphics. Flash and Shockwave applications were used for creating realistic models of objects in gaming software development, and as an online mortgage payment calculator for Fannie Mae's desktop underwriting system. The report infers that speed and ease of use are important elements for developing an effective RIA.


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